AMBA celebrates its 50th Anniversary by honouring excellence from business schools, MBA students and alumni and MBA employers

Publication date: 23 January 2017
Article type: Press release

As part of its year of 50th Anniversary celebrations, The Association of MBAs (AMBA) has hosted a glittering Gala Dinner in London’s iconic Savoy Hotel, where it presented four awards comprising MBA Student of the Year (proudly sponsored by The Wall Street Journal), Business School MBA Innovation Award (proudly sponsored by Liaison), MBA Entrepreneurial Venture of the Year and the inaugural MBA Employer Award.

AMBA’s largest ever Gala Dinner, on Friday 20th January, was attended by more than 170 business school leaders representing 70 schools and 23 countries across the world.

Wilfred Chi Hang Leung, from Alliance Manchester Business School, scooped the Student of the Year Award, proudly sponsored by The Wall Street Journal. He is a recent graduate of Alliance Manchester Business School’s global MBA programme and is currently the general manager of Charles K. Kao Foundation for Alzheimer’s Disease which focuses on dementia care and education. Wilfred regularly writes about his MBA experience in a local newspaper and serves on several school management committees in Hong Kong.

SwiftComply and its founder Michael O’Dwyer, an MBA graduate from Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School in the Republic of Ireland, won the coveted MBA Entrepreneurial Venture of the Year Award. SwiftComply is a software platform that connects local government, food service businesses and industry suppliers to help minimise the burden, and maximise the impact, of regulation in the hospitality sector. It started with fat, oil and grease regulation as it’s a valuable renewable energy but only 4% of the waste is collected and reused. Implementation has started in Dublin with pilots planned in the US and UK, which will impact sewer cleaning costs substantially.

Grenoble Ecole de Management in France won the award for MBA Innovation, proudly sponsored by Liaison. Its initiative, Tech it! Serious game empowers participants to play with 75 real technologies from cutting edge research labs. It supports innovation and technology transfer, through the creation of innovative products and services. It also encourages cooperation within the ecosystem and develops entrepreneurship attitude through the creation of several start-ups each year.

Retail, technology and financial services provider Sonae was awarded Employer of the Year for its ‘creative and dynamic’ MBA graduate scheme.

Andrew Main Wilson, Chief Executive of AMBA, said: ‘I would like to congratulate all our winners and finalists across all our award categories. They have proved that the MBA continues to be the gold standard in preparing aspiring leaders to create positive change in a dynamic and uncertain business world.

‘AMBA was founded in 1967 by eight British high-flying MBAs who had graduated from the US’s finest schools, such as Harvard and Wharton. They wanted to ensure that the best quality MBAs and the best MBA business schools were recognised and respected by employers and they were determined to champion the highest standards in MBA education.

‘AMBA enters its 50th year in our strongest ever position, having quadrupled student and graduate membership in two years and increased our schools’ portfolio by 25% in just over three years. However, our rapid recent growth and our support for our schools as well as their and their students and graduates will continue to build substantially as we create an even bigger AMBA footprint worldwide, building global foundations for another successful 50 years.

‘We will be championing the value, relevance and prestige of the MBA worldwide, throughout our 50th Anniversary year, as we designate 2017 “The Year of the MBA”.’

ENDS

Notes to Editors

The 2017 AMBA Gala Dinner was proudly sponsored by The Wall Street Journal, Liason, Scientia, Keystone, Net Natives and infor.

For more information, images or interviews, contact David Woods-Hale, Head of PR at AMBA d.woods@mbaworld.com

The Full list of winners and finalists:

The Student of the Year Award, sponsored by The Wall Street Journal

Winner: Wilfred Chi Hang Leung from Alliance Manchester Business School (Hong Kong)

Wilfred is a recent graduate of the global MBA programme and currently the general manager of Charles K. Kao Foundation for Alzheimer’s Disease which focuses on dementia care and education. He writes about his MBA experience in a local newspaper and serves on several school management committees in Hong Kong.

Highly Commended

  • Pablo Rodriguez Verdeguer from SDA Bocconi School of Management (Italy)
  • Hang Thu Vu from UCD Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School (Republic of Ireland)
  • Shelly Balkissoon from Arthur Lok Jack Graduate School of Business (Trinidad)

Commended

  • Kyle Booysens from Alliance Manchester Business School (UK)
  • Victoria Gathogo from Audencia Business School (France)

MBA Entrepreneurial Venture of the Year Award

Winner: Michael O’Dwyer with SwiftComply from UCD Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School in Ireland

SwiftComply is a software platform that connects local government, food service businesses and industry suppliers to help minimise the burden, and maximise the impact, of regulation in the hospitality sector. It started with fat, oil and grease regulation as it’s a valuable renewable energy but only 4% of the waste is collected and reused. Implementation has started in Dublin with pilots planned in the US and UK which will impact the sewer cleaning costs substantially.

Highly Commended

  • Nikhil Hegde with 6Degree from Leeds University Business School (UK)
  • Jake Tyler with Finn.AI from IE Business School (Spain)
  • Laurence Fornari with Skylights from Telecom Ecole de Management (France)

Commended

  • Andrea Rinaldo with Xmetrics from Politecnico di Milano School of Management (Italy)
  • Jaime Parodi &  Manuel Azevedi Coutinho with Viable from The Lisbon MBA Catolica Nova (Portugal)

MBA Innovation Award

Winner: Grenoble Ecole de Management (France)

The Tech it! Serious game, launched by Grenoble Ecole de Management, empowers participants to play with 75 real technologies from cutting edge research labs. It supports innovation and technology transfer, through the creation of innovative products and services. It encourages cooperation within the ecosystem and develops entrepreneurship attitude through the creation of several start-ups each year.

Highly Commended

  • Maastricht School of Management (The Netherlands)
  • Universidad del Norte Business School (Colombia)

Commended

  • Saïd Business School, University of Oxford (UK)
  • Open University Business School (UK)
  • Bath University School of Management (UK)

MBA Employer Award

Winner: Sonae

The multidisciplinary character of the MBA, together with the fact that it usually develops a number of useful intellectual skills and provides very effective training in leadership and other behavioural traits, makes this Sonae’s programme a perfect fit to high-potential employees aspiring at higher positions within a company that views itself as creative, determined, dynamic, world-class, enthusiastic and open.

Highly Commended

  • Diageo

Commended

  • Philips
  • Amazon
  • American Express
  • BP

About the Association of MBAs (AMBA):

The Association of MBAs is the impartial authority on postgraduate management education and is committed to raising its profile and quality standards internationally for the benefit of business schools, students and alumni and employers. AMBA established that vision in 1967 and it's as relevant today as it was almost 50 years ago:

  • Our accreditation service is the global standard for all MBA, DBA and Master's degrees, currently accrediting programmes from the top 2% of business schools in over 70 countries.
  • We are the only professional membership association that connects MBA students and graduates, accredited business schools and MBA employers throughout the world.
  • Through our proprietary research centre we produce a rich body of reports exploring global trends in the sector and drivers of thought leadership.
  • Networking opportunities online and in person are offered across all continents with corporate partners, alongside access to a database of career advice and knowledge and an MBA jobs portal.
  • Accredited business schools, their students and alumni are provided with access to a range of exclusive services and benefits, including superior world-class events and training.
  • All of our diverse stakeholder groups are integrated through contributions to our online community.